The Gaul (2001)
"Vercingétorix" (original title)

R  |   |  Adventure, Biography, Drama  |  24 January 2001 (France)
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An entire nation's destiny lies in the hands of one man.



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Credited cast:
Vercingétorix (as Christophe Lambert)
Denis Charvet ...
Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu ...
Maria Kavardjikova ...
Yannis Baraban ...
Vincent Moscato ...
Jean-Pierre Rives ...
Teuton Chief
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Youri Angelov
Atanass Atanassov
Diviciac (as J.P. Berger)
Patrice Bissonnette
Rousy Chanev ...
(as Roussi Tchanev)


Young Vercingetorix came of age in 60 B.C., as soldiers of the Roman Empire ran roughshod over Gaul and his father was captured and executed by Romans. A wise and philosophical druid, Guttuart, tells the angry Vercingetorix that he should seek justice by winning freedom for Gaul from the Romans. As an adult, Vercingetorix becomes a brave and insightful warrior, and at first joins forces with the charismatic Julius Caesar. But in time Vercingetorix is betrayed by the great leader, and soon he raises an army of his own to defeat Caesar and bring Guttuart's prophesy to life. Written by Anonymous

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24 January 2001 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Druids  »

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ESP 156,110,787 (Spain) (29 June 2001)

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Filmed both in English and French language See more »


Gauls were not known to wear horns on their helmets. See more »


Vercingetorix: I come to offer you the glory of your victory, which Rome will forever honor with inscriptions in stone and eternal flames.
Julius Ceasar: The light of my victory will make my invisible past failures heavier.
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Le rêve d'un homme
Performed by Sonia Lacen
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27 September 2002 | by (New Jersey, USA) – See all my reviews

I picked up this video with a free rental coupon, as part of a Klaus Maria Brandauer video marathon. I have been holding off on watching this one, because I had read some reviews and knew it had not been well-received. I have never seen anything so tedious. I tried to understand what made it so bad and I have a few ideas: C.L. has no personality on film. He was good in the "Greystoke" Tarzan scenes because he was young and lean and naked, once dressed and indoors, he had nothing to offer the viewer. In "Druids" he looks awful, so that only leaves us with his delivery of lines - which is also awful. Klaus was boring ( I am shocked to write it) and seemed to be killing time in every scene. The warriors seemed to spend their time waiting to be told what to do. Everyday as sunny, all the battlefields were smooth and grassy, the horses were never out of breath or foaming with exertion. It was totally unrealistic - NO BLOOD or mud on the battleground after a clash. One good aspect was the two female leads - the girlfriend and the warrior, who were portrayed as intelligent and capable. That's it.

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